By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
Mayor Marion Grayson presented two proclamations Tuesday night at Belton City Council.
Mayor Grayson proclaimed April 6 as National Walking Day in Belton and urged all citizens to support the American Health Walk on April 2 at Nolan Creek. She also emphasized was the importance of physical activity to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and to get out and walk on April 6.
Another proclamation presented by Mayor Grayson was proclaiming the month of April 2016 as “Fair Housing Month”. April this year marks the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Fair Housing Law Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Also mentioned was an invitation for the council members and the community to join Central Texas Council of Governments and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas to learn more about their rights as a renters and home-buyers during a Fair Housing Workshop hosted at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas offices located at 300 Cheyenne Drive in Killeen on April 20. The workshop will be conducted from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Multiple agencies will be available to answer questions about housing options, low interest home rates and Fair Housing Laws.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, a member from Belton Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) presented to city council and attending community members a reminder of YAC’s annual One Community One Day event. This year 30 homes are on the list to be helped. The goal of One Community One Day is to help citizens in Belton with projects, such as yard work or minor home repairs that do not have the means to do it themselves or to have anyone help them. The event will take place on April 9 at locations around Belton. For more information, a meeting will be held March 26 at 6 p.m.
All items on the consent agenda were approved to include the minutes from last city council meeting and the execution of an Interlocal Agreement by the City Manager with Bell County for the seal coating of streets in the city of Belton. Also approved was the authorization of the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Temple for automatic response from Belton and Temple fire departments in designated areas.
Jaynes Reitmeier Boyd and Therrall (JRBT) presents that the City of Belton receives a clean report with no modifications during the fiscal year of 2015. This report was presented with the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2015.
All items on the agenda from Planning and Development were approved for zoning changes and final plat considerations. Zoning was approved for Commercial Highway to Commercial-2 along South Interstate 35, where the applicant plans to build an office warehouse. Zoning changes were approved to change from Agriculture and Single Family-2 to Planned Development Commercial for an applicant that plans to build indoor gun range and future commercial business at 3360 West Highway 190. Also final plat considerations were approved for 179-lot Sendero Estates Subdivision and 16-lot Mystic River Phase II Subdivision.
Change Order #2 was approved to provide a parking lot and a six foot high chain link fence to Martin Luther King Jr. bridge project. The cost of this project will be $42.495.93.
Motion was carried on considerations of the First Amendment to Development Agreement and Consent to Creation of Bell County Municipal Utility District (MUD) No. 1 and the Development of the La Cachette Development. Also approved in this amendment is a resolution amending the Bell County MUD No. 1 to annex a 36.55 acre tract and to enter into an interlocal agreement to provide solid waste collection services.
A public hearing will be held on April 12 on the approved ordinance amending an exclusive franchise to Waste Management to include service to Bell County MUD No. 1 and the authorization of the city manager for the execution of an amendment to the Municipal Solid Waste Collection and Transportation Agreement between the City of Belton and Waste Management. To include the Bell County MUD No. 1 in the area granted exclusively to Waste Management.
Motion failed three to three for considerations to authorize the Belton Economic Development Corporation to sell their property located at 420 E. Central Avenue to Jarrod Metzgar. Council member David Leigh expressed his concern over not having done due process and making sure the sale of the property is being fair to other interested buyers.